Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by 20forSeven, Jan 19, 2006.
Do all 4 bolt fender necks fit on any 4 bolt bodies?
No they are not always a direct fit. Some have different neck pocket shapes and even the ones that have the same shape, the screw holes sometimes do not line up.
Would a 69 custom shop neck fit on a TexMex Strat?
Is there any place you can by authentic fender necks new other than ebay? Fender use to sell there 62 and 57 necks but now they must of stopped.
Personally I wouldn't even bother with a Fender neck, CS or not, that is until they catch-up to the 21st Century and start offering SS frets!
I saw those replacement necks online not too long ago, musicians friend had them. good luck
I've heard quite a few folks talk SS frets down. I've never tried 'em so I couldn't say.
Warmoth makes Fender licensed necks (w/SS if you want them) and every one I've ever bought from them has been perfect.
I disagree with these guys. I've used Fender Japan (60's RI) and a Vintage Player neck (Mexico) as well as some custom shop strats, all interchanged necks and bodies before. They've all fit beautifully.
Currently I'm looking for a Robert Cray Mexico neck to go on a relic body. The fit should be no problem. I wouldn't spend all the time and $ if it didn't.
I haven't tried SS frets either, but I hate SS strings, and if I hear a difference in tone between vintage frets and med-jumbos which are both nickel/silver, I'd think I would hear a big difference with SS frets.
I'm not crazy about Warmoth necks too much. I like my necks with NO finish on them and the Warmoth necks warp while the Fenders stay true. In my experience anyhow. I have had great luck with USA guitars, their necks have been very durable and they super service!
+1 on skipping Warmoth necks - The ones I've bought were not entirely straight and suffered from dead spots even after having a top luthier touch it up, just seems the necks are unstable.
In addition, even though they sell certain woods unfinished, I do think they're full of B$ not warrantying maple, mahogany, etc. without shipping it clear-coated - I would NEVER buy a Warmoth maple/mahogany neck on that issue alone, since I Tru-Oil all my maple necks...
Since I've switched over to USA Custom Guitar necks I've been 100% happier (the guy that runs their neck dept. used to run Fender's Custom Shop), not only do the necks stay straight and true, they required -0- touch-up by my luthier right out of the box!!!
BTW, after playing N/S frets for almost 30 years and switching over to Stainless Steel frets 3 years ago, I'll NEVER EVER go back...
The difference in tone and articulation is like turning you presence-up a half notch, which works perfect for me, and the fact they hardly wear at all and maintain PERFECT intonation ALL-THE-TIME, that only makes Nickel/Silver frets obsolete for this ol' axe slinger.
Comparing the difference in tone to Stainless Steel strings is, no offense intended, very ignorant.
Not only is the difference in materials VERY different, the difference in tone generation on the geetar is a universe apart.
Do you think people like John Suhr and Tom Anderson would switch over to Stainless Steel frets because they DIDN'T replace N/S frets in fit, form and function?
Well if you say it's like turning your presence up a bit, that's what stainless steel strings do. But they really are bright. So if SS frets do that to some extent, that's a pretty good comparison actually. I'd have to pass on that. I don't even like new nickel strings on a guitar. I like them played in and when they get toney and warm sounding.
My comparison was simply with NS vintage frets vs. medium jumbos. I can hear a difference there, so I'm pretty sure I'll hear a big difference with SS frets. I've read some guys say there is no tone difference. How can that be, when even different size frets can change the tone?!